Barbara A. Sommer

Other Courses Taught:

  • First-Year Seminar: Cultural Perspectives on the Body
  • The Atlantic World:1600-1850
  • Colonial Latin American History
  • Modern Latin American History
  • Brazil: Earthly Paradise to Industrial Giant
  • Historical Methods
  • The Mexican Revolution
  • Social Difference in Brazilian History
  • Senior Seminar: Comparative Frontiers of the Americas

Barbara A. Sommer, Associate Professor of History and former Coordinator of Latin American Studies at Gettysburg College, received a Ph.D. in History with a minor in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico in 2000.  She regularly teaches Latin American history courses, including The Mexican Revolution, Social Difference in Brazilian History, and a senior seminar, Comparative Frontiers of the Americas.  Dr. Sommer has published articles on the culture and society of Portuguese Amazonia in various journals: Slavery & Abolition, Journal of Latin American Studies, The Americas, and Colonial Latin American Historical Review.  Her essay “Wigs, Weapons, Tattoos, and Shoes: Getting Dressed in Colonial Amazonia and Brazil” appeared in The Politics of Dress in Asia and the Americas (Sussex Academic Press, 2007); and “The Amazonian Native Nobility in Late-Colonial Pará” in Native Brazil: Beyond the Cannibal and the Convert, 1500-1899 (University of New Mexico Press, 2014).  She has received research fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the Fundação Luso-Americana (Lisbon), and the John Carter Brown Library (Providence, RI).


Barbara A. Sommer

Barbara A. Sommer
Associate Professor, History

Phone: (717) 337 - 6570

Box: Campus Box 0401

Address: Weidensall Hall
Room 210
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400

PhD University of New Mexico, 2000
MA University of Chicago, 1984
BA Colorado College, 1978